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    Fundamental knowledge and skills in management of a broad spectrum of women's reproductive health issues, including pubertal development, menopause, vulval conditions, menstrual disorders, sexual health and screening, and affirmation of gender and sexual diversity.

    OBGY 715 gives a grounding beyond undergraduate training in women's reproductive health issues, covering adolescent health, screening for sexually transmitted infections and common presentations, such as menstrual disorders, vulval disorders and menopausal issues.

    About this paper

    Paper title Medical Gynaecology I
    Subject Obstetrics and Medical Gynaecology
    EFTS 0.1250
    Points 15 points
    Teaching period(s) 1st Non standard period (22 January 2024 - 12 April 2024) (Distance learning)
    2nd Non standard period (1 July 2024 - 16 September 2024) (Distance learning)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $1,551.63
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    OBGX 715
    Limited to
    (i) This paper is designed for the continuing professional education of health professionals involved in the provision of women's health care, and is also a compulsory paper for the Postgraduate Diploma in Obstetrics and Medical Gynaecology. (ii) Limited to 30 students per semester. (iii) For more information:

    Recommended for general practitioners (GPs) and GP registrars and sexual health physicians, midwives, practice nurses, family planning and public health nurses and those doctors considering a future in sexual and reproductive health, general practice, obstetrics and gynaecology, paediatrics, emergency medicine.

    Enrolments for this paper are limited and require departmental permission. View more information about limitations of enrolment.


    Women's and Children's Health Distance Learning Co-ordinator
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    Teaching staff

    Convenor: Emma Macfarlane, Helen Paterson
    Teaching Staff:  Karyn Johnson, Kate Coffey,  Fali Langdana, Karen Joseph, Rona Carroll, Emma Macfarlane

    Paper Structure
    One of four distance-taught papers that are offered as part of Postgraduate Certificate in Women's Health (PGCertWHlth) and Postgraduate Diploma in Obstetrics and Medical Gynaecology (PGDipOMG) programmes
    Teaching Arrangements

    This Distance Learning paper is taught remotely. It consistes of six 2-hour evening audioconferences via Zoom over three months.The teaching platform is which is used for prelearning and preperation activities. There are six assignments. 


    There is no single textbook for this paper. Readings will be provided for students to access via the Library, with additional readings and other multimedia material provided via Moodle.

    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Global perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Information literacy, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
    View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
    Learning Outcomes

    On successful completion of this paper, students will be able to: 

    1. Demonstrate clinical expertise in the medical management of sexual and reproductive health with low levels of complexity. 
    2. Demonstrate clinical expertise in the management of early gynaecological cancer diagnosis/screening, early pregnancy complications with appropriate consultation with a specialist. 
    3. Demonstrate understanding of relevant social and cultural issues that impact upon the provision of healthcare to women and their families/whanau. 
    4. Demonstrate self-learning in women’s health and other relevant areas of medical practice, including recognition of limits of their own knowledge and abilities. 
    5. Understand and explain underlying physiology and pathology, and the available assessment and management options in order to provide safe and effective care. 
    6. Solicit and accept constructive feedback. 
    7. Demonstrate values of fairness, empathy, acceptance, kindness, respect, and responsibility to and for all people. 


    1st Non standard period (22 January 2024 - 12 April 2024)

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught through Distance Learning
    Learning management system

    2nd Non standard period (1 July 2024 - 16 September 2024)

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught through Distance Learning
    Learning management system
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